Adrian Newey’s manager says his “lips are sealed” on next moves

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Adrian Newey’s manager Eddie Jordan opens up on their relationship and says he had to get his “work boots on” and “sharpen the pencil up a little bit” ahead of Red Bull negotiations.

Yesterday, in Red Bull’s statement announcing Adrian Newey’s departure, Newey thanked his “close friend and manager” Eddie Jordan.

It is believed that Jordan played a major role in the negotiations which ultimately allowed Newey to get out of his Red Bull contract early.

On an episode of the “Formula for Success” podcast, Jordan said he had to get his “work boots on” and “sharpen the pencil up a little bit” ahead of the talks.

He also opened up on his relationship with Newey.

“In the long time that I’ve known him and I tried to sign him, and I remember going to his house and leaving a cheque for half a million in the hope that that might have been enough to entice him to come and be a designer at [his F1 team at the time] Jordan,” Jordan said.

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“That didn’t happen, he went to McLaren. You know, when I think back of the time that I know him, because he was Leyton House in the late ’80s, ’90s, so that’s an awful long time, 30-odd years, and I’ve never heard a bad word said about him – and that’s often indicative of the kind of calibre of the person he is.

“Some would say he’s just brilliant when he has a pencil in his hand, and he becomes just a very normal, quiet, unassuming guy when he doesn’t have the pencil in his hand. And I think that is exactly him.

“So whatever his decision, we wish him well. I’m not going to, in this case, I’m joining you on the fence and I’m not going to say what is likely my advice, but you know, we do speak a lot.

“We do cycle an awful lot. I see him virtually every day for a two, three month period in the middle of our Christmas up here [in Europe] where it’s summertime in Cape Town.

“We’re next-door neighbours so to speak, and so there are certain things I know about and certain things he knows about me.

“But you know, my lips are sealed – you won’t get a word out of me,” the Irishman concluded.

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